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Cohabitation is to live with your partner while not being married or in a civil partnership. Being free of the ties of marriage may provide more freedom for a couple cohabitating it can cause confusion in respect of the rights and responsibilities of each partner. A cohabitating couple do not have the same rights and responsibilities enjoyed by a married couple or a couple in a civil partnership regardless of how long they have been cohabitating together.
The most effective way cohabitating couples have to protect their rights in relation to property and finance is to enter into a cohabitation agreement, especially if you know that marriage or a civil partnership is not right for you.
A cohabitation agreement is an agreement between a couple who are living together or planning to live together.. It can state the rights each partner has to property, the financial responsibilities of each partner and the parental responsibility for any children. It can also state what happens to property and joint bank accounts in the event that the relationship ends or if either one of you dies.
The purpose of a cohabitation agreement is to protect the interests of both partners. A cohabitation agreement can prevent future disputes from occurring should the relationship end and thus provide some clarity at a time that could be potentially stressful for everyone involved. At Family Law Sheffield our team of expert solicitors will work tirelessly to help you create a cohabitation agreement tailored to the needs of you and your partner and thus provide you with some certainty and reassurance going forward.
It is important to remember that because you are living together and in a relationship it does not automatically grant you rights in the same way that a marriage or a civil partnership might.
A cohabitation agreement can detail the specific responsibilities of each partner. Even what might seem minor aspects of living together can be included. For example; who pays the bills? Are the bills to be split evenly? Are some bills to be paid by one partner and other bills paid by the other partner?
More important aspects of cohabitating can also be covered. Common aspects include; do the partners have access to each other’s state pension? what share or each other’s assets does each partner have?, in a medical emergency what are your partner’s rights?
If you need professional assistance regarding your rights and responsibilities while cohabitating then our team of specialists are eager to help. At Family Law Birmingham we have extensive experience of handling all issues relating to cohabitation including drafting cohabitation agreements. We have assisted a wide range of clients from a variety of backgrounds to help them get the outcome that they need. We will take the time to get to know you and fully understand your needs while guiding you through every stage of the process.
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When you deal with us, you know you are dealing with solicitors you can trust. We have vast experience in dealing with cohabitation issues, as well as other areas of family law, including:
Our team of dedicated family law experts are on hand to deal with any cohabitation issues you might have. We know how difficult going through family law matters can be for you and your family. Our expert team endeavour to provide all our clients with a friendly, professional and reliable experience.
If you have any family law matters you wish to take care of then we suggest you contact us immediately. Speaking to a solicitor early in the process minimises problems and ensures that you get the best outcome for your circumstances.
We ensure the impact on your life is minimal, and in particular disruption to any children under the age of 16 is negligible. If you wish to speak to a member of team today then do not hesitate to contact us.